Tatton (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Tatton in Cheshire.
Location of Cheshire within England.
|Electorate||65,200 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||George Osborne (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Runcorn, Cheadle, Northwich & Knutsford|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
The constituency is the north-western part of the Cheshire East unitary authority, including the towns of Knutsford and Wilmslow, and a number of villages such as Alderley Edge, Chelford, Handforth and Mobberley, in Cheshire. It also covers a small, north-east, part of the Cheshire West and Chester unitary authority, including some of the outskirts of Northwich.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cheshire, the Boundary Commission for England made minor changes to the existing arrangement as a consequence of population changes. The electoral wards included in this modified constituency became:
- Alderley Edge, Chelford, Dean Row, Fulshaw, Handforth, High Legh, Hough, Knutsford Bexton, Knutsford Nether, Knutsford Norbury Booths, Knutsford Over, Lacey Green, Mere, Mobberley, Morley and Styal, and Plumley from the Borough of Macclesfield
- Barnton, Cogshall, Lostock and Wincham, Rudheath & South Witton, Seven Oaks and Marston, and Shakerley from the Borough of Vale Royal.
Tatton shot to fame during the 1997 general election campaign, becoming one of the highest-profile constituencies at that election. Following Hamilton's implication in the Cash for Questions scandal of the 1990s, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats withdrew their candidates in favour of the former BBC journalist Martin Bell, who stood as an Independent, while those two parties supported his "anti-corruption" campaign. Bell was ultimately victorious, with a majority of over 11,000 over Hamilton.
- Prominent members of the frontbenches
Osborne held the seat at the 2005 election with an increased majority, and became the Shadow Chancellor that year, and Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2010, one of the highest frontbench government positions.
Tatton includes Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and other outlying villages which have high property prices. The seat largely comprises prosperous villages and small towns set amidst Cheshire countryside, featuring country parks, hills, recreation grounds and golf courses, previously dominated by countryside however since the 1950s, with a largely built-up, suburban character, on the fringes of Greater Manchester. The largest centres of population are Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Knutsford. Its proximity to Manchester means Tatton forms part of the commuter belt to the city.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Tatton|
|Liberal Democrat||Gareth Wilson||3,850||8.5||−14.1|
|General Election 2010: Tatton|
|Liberal Democrat||David Lomax||10,200||22.6||+0.8|
|The True English (Poetry) Party||Michael George Gibson||298||0.7||+0.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Tatton|
|Liberal Democrat||Ainsley Arnold||9,016||21.8||+3.2|
|Independent||Michael George Gibson||239||0.6||+0.6|
|General Election 2001: Tatton|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Ash||7,685||18.6||N/A|
|Independent Green||Peter Sharratt||734||1.8||N/A|
|Tatton Group||Vivianne Allinson||505||1.2||N/A|
|Independent||Jonathan Boyd Hunt||154||0.4||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Independent||Swing||+5.4|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Tatton|
|Conservative||Mostyn Neil Hamilton||18,277||37.5||−17.6|
|Independent Conservative||Sam Hill||295||0.6||N/A|
|Independent Conservative||Simon L. Kinsey||184||0.4||N/A|
|Miss Moneypenny's Glamorous One Party||Burnel G. Penhaul||128||0.3||N/A|
|Albion Party||John R. Muir||126||0.3||N/A|
|Natural Law||Michael P. Kennedy||123||0.3||N/A|
|Lord Byro versus the Scallywag Tories||David L. Bishop||116||0.2||N/A|
|Independent Conservative||Raul Nicholas||113||0.2||N/A|
|Juice Party||Julian Price||73||0.1||N/A|
|Independent gain from Conservative||Swing||38.9|
|General Election 1992: Tatton|
|Conservative||Mostyn Neil Hamilton||31,658||55.1||+0.5|
|Labour||Jonathan M. Kelly||15,798||27.5||+5.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Ms. Cathy Hancox||9,597||16.7||−6.9|
|Feudal Party||Michael George Gibson||410||0.7||+0.2|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Tatton|
|Conservative||Mostyn Neil Hamilton||30,128||54.6||0.0|
|Social Democratic||Ms. Bridie Gaskin||13,034||23.6||−3.6|
|Feudal Party||Michael George Gibson||263||0.5||N/A|
|General Election 1983: Tatton|
|Conservative||Mostyn Neil Hamilton||27,877||54.6||N/A|
|Social Democratic||David Levy||13,917||27.2||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007, S.I. 2007/1681
- OS Map with Listed Buildings and Parks marked
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Tatton". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/electoral_services/parliamentary_general_election/tatton_constituency.aspx, Cheshire East Council
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- Data for the 2005 election are from the BBC.
- Data for the 2001 election are from http://www.election.demon.co.uk/.
- Data for the 1997 and 1992 results are taken from The Guardian.
- Data for 1983 and 1987 elections taken from http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/area/uk.htm
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